BUSINESSES on the cyber frontline will get more direct help as the federal government bolsters national defences against increasing online espionage and attacks on critical infrastructure.
"Many online threats are surreptitious and insidious, and the perpetrators are more inventive in their tricks," Attorney-General Robert McClelland said last night, unveiling a cyber-security strategy that positions e-security as a top priority.
"There are clear links to organised crime syndicates and the intelligence services of foreign governments.
"And while it is important to protect individual users this is also a matter of national security."
Mr McClelland said the plan was to help businesses maintain resilient computer systems to protect both their operating capacity and customers' information, and to boost the security of government agency systems, which held citizens' data.